Rainey Endowed pupils mark the ‘Goldmark’

Cathy and Claire Holmes, students at Rainey Endowed and volunteers with Ulster Hockey, celebrate their Goldmark success with Mervyn Storey MLA and Wendy Osborne, Volunteer Now  at an Awards ceremony held in Belfast City Hall. �Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - Picture by Brian Thompson / Presseye.com.

Cathy and Claire Holmes, students at Rainey Endowed and volunteers with Ulster Hockey, celebrate their Goldmark success with Mervyn Storey MLA and Wendy Osborne, Volunteer Now at an Awards ceremony held in Belfast City Hall. �Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - Picture by Brian Thompson / Presseye.com.

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Students at Rainey Endowed and volunteers with Ulster Hockey, Cathy and Claire Holmes, are celebrating after being presented with their ‘Goldmark’ Awards of Excellence.

They were given out by the Minister of Education, John O’Dowd MLA at a celebration organised by Volunteer Now held in Belfast City Hall. The awards recognise the volunteering commitment made by young people and included volunteers who were involved with last summer’s World, Police and Fire Games.

Welcoming guests to the City Hall, Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir quoted Martin Luther King by asking: ‘What do you do for others?’ and responded by telling the young people ‘all of you do a fabulous job, keep up what you are doing!’

Wendy Osborne OBE, Chief Executive, Volunteer Now explained the benefits of getting involved in Goldmark.

And Guest speaker, Minister of Education, John O’Dowd MLA, said with over 20,000 volunteers from within the youth sector, young people play a significant role in volunteering.

To find out more about Goldmark and Millennium Volunteers go to: www.volunteernow.co.uk